Exercise | November 2008 (Revised January 2011)

Breaking Through Action Plan

by David A. Thomas and Karen J. Watai


The "Breaking Through Action Plan" is a developmental tool based on the book, Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America by David A. Thomas and John J. Gabarro. The Action Plan was originally designed as part of a facilitated session but can also be used in conjunction with the book. The Action Plan guides individuals through an examination of the critical areas of competence, credibility, confidence, and relationships. Completing this Action Plan will allow individuals to reflect on these critical areas and help them determine appropriate and impactful steps to help further their development.

Keywords: Competency and Skills; Management Analysis, Tools, and Techniques; Personal Development and Career; Relationships; Power and Influence; Trust;


Thomas, David A., and Karen J. Watai. "Breaking Through Action Plan." Harvard Business School Exercise 409-059, November 2008. (Revised January 2011.)